Galway East TD Seán Canney has co-signed the Commission of Investigation (Nursing Homes) Bill 2022 along with Catherine Connolly TD and Peadar Tobin TD.
Deputy Canney said that an investigation must take place into “what went wrong in nursing homes during the pandemic” and to put proper procedures and supports in place.
The Independent TD said that the proposed Bill requires the government to make an order establishing the required Commission of Investigation, not later than two months after the passing of the Bill.
“It provides for the procedure for establishing this Commission. The Bill also governs the terms of the order establishing the Commission, which is to carry out an investigation into, and prepare one or more reports on, the matter of significant public concern,” he said.
The Bill will now proceed to second stage reading in private members’ time.
“It is essential that the significant public concern which the Commission is to investigate and report on are put on a legal footing,” added Deputy Canney.